A.P.J Abdul Kalam Biography, Age, Height, Quotes, books, family, friends, history, best photos and more 2021.

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Name: A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Profession: Aerospace Scientist, Politician, Professor

Personal Bio/Wiki:

Full Name:Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Nickname:Missile Man, People’s President
Profession:Aerospace Scientist, Politician
Famous for:Aerospace Scientist
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Birthday:15 October 1931
Date of death:
27 July 2015
Cause of Death:Cardiac arrest

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Who is A.P.J Abdul Kalam? about successful scientist in the world

A.P.J Abdul Kalam was born on October 15 1931 in Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, India. His birth name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He was a successful and an inspirational scientist of the whole world. A boy from small village became the Missile Man of India. He was totally dedicated for his country.

He passed his Schooling from Schwartz Higher Secondary School which was located in his home town Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu. Later On, he continued his graduation in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College. His interest was in Aerospace Engineering. Though in 1955, he studied Aerospace Engineering in Madras Institute of Technology.

His hard work and dedication for Aerospace were amazing. His passion and talent made him the Project Director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vechile(SLV-III) at ISRO. He also served as the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from 1992 to 1999. He was former President of India too.

He left the world in July 27, 2015. He had became the inspiration of billions of lifes. It’s very difficult to be a man like A.P.J Abdul Kalam. His heartbeat had stopped but he will remain in everyone’ heart forever.

Life History/Career Path of A.P.J Abdul Kalam:

A.P.J Abdul Kalam was born on October 15 1931 in Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, India. His birth name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. His father was owner of a ferry which took Hindu pilgrims back and forth between Rameshwaram and Dhanuskodi. When a bridge was established there, it increased difficulties in his family to live peacefully.

Abdul Kalam faced many problems in early childhood. To help his father with income, he started selling Newspapers. He used to travel 3 KM away to a railway station to collect newspaper thrown from the trains and sell them in his hometown. He used to sell those Newspapers with his 3 others friends. After selling News papers he used to go school. He was an average- grade student in school. His teachers used to praise him. He was known to much  problems at an early age but he used to get those incidents in positive aspect.

He passesd his Schooling from Schwartz Higher Secondary School which was located in his home town Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu. Later On, he continued his graduation in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College.

His interest was in Aerospace. Though in 1955, he pursued Aerospace Engineering in Madras Institute of Technology. He was increasing his knowledge day by day. Oneday he had to go for 2 interviews, one was in Dehradhun for  the Air Force and in Delhi for the Ministry of Defence. As his interest, he decided to go to Dehradun for the Air Force.

He went Dehradhun through Delhi. There were 25 people for the interview but the vacant seat was only 8. After Interview, he saw that he was ranked 9th, failed by only 1 number. He was disappointed of himself there. Then he went to Delhi. Before reaching Delhi, Rishikesh comes first. When his train stoped at Rishikesh, he met a priest who prescribed him to read Bagvad Geeta. Then, he knew that” Don’t let failure to enter in your heart and success in your mind”. It encouraged him and the result was, he was selected in Delhi by Ministry of Defence.

His hard work and dedication were the reason behind his success.Later On, he became the Project Director of India’s Satellite Launch Vechile(SLV-II) at ISRO. When he went to NASA for further learning, NASA members were shocked after getting attached of his knowledge. They offered him to settle down in USA and work in NASA with 5 time more salary than India.

In his Biograhy he had mentioned that,”I was in doubt while they asked me to live a prestigious and luxorious life in USA but my principle didn’t let me do it.” He politwly refused the offer. He was an honest person in his whole life. He alson Presedential Election of India i 2002. He served India as President from 2002-2007. He fulfilled the wants of public and became able to remain in publics heart. Though, he is remembered as ‘People’s President’.

He died on 27th July, 2015 due to a cardiac arrest while giving a speech. He would have left earth but will remain in the heart of billions forever. From selling Newspapers to Missile Man: the journey was amzing for Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

Controversies of A.P.J Abdul Kalam:

  1. In 2005, Kalam also took the controversial decision to impose President’s rule in Bihar.
  2. In 2011, civil group criticised him over his stand on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant as he supported the establishment of the nuclear power plant and was accused of not speaking with the local people.

Personal Life:

Age as in 2015 (died):83 Years
Date of Birth:15 October 1931
Birth Place:Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac sign:Libra
A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s Signature: 
Hometown:Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
School:Schwartz, Higher Secondary School, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India

St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Chennai, India

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College, the University of Madras in 1954

A Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960

Ethnicity:Tamil Muslim
Hobbies:Playing Veena, Delivering Motivational Lectures, Listening to Indian Classical Music
Languages Known:English, Tamil
Famous as:Aerospace Engineer

Physical Status:

Height (approx):in feet inches,  5 ft 4 in
in meters 1.63 m
Weight(approx):60kg (in kilograms)
162 lbs (in pounds)
Body Measurements (approx):-Chest:  40 Inches
-Waist: 30 Inches
-Biceps: 15.5 Inches
Eye Colour :Black
Hair Colour:Light Blonde
Sexual Orientation:Straight
Blood Group:Not Known Yet
Face ShapeOval
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Relationship, Girlfriend, Wife:

Relationship, Girlfriend, wife
Marital Status:Unmarried
Divorce DateNone
Marriage DateUnmarried

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A.P.J Abdul Kalam's Family:

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Jainulabiddin Marakayar


Ashiamma Jainulabiddin


Kasim Mohammed, Mustafa Kamal, Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar


Asim Zohra(eldest)



Favourite Things of A.P.J Abdul Kalam !!

All the things given below are A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s very favorite things that we have collected by looking at online and news magazines and wiki.

Favourite Entrepreneurs:None
Favourite Politician:None
Favourite watch brand:None
Favourite Cricketer:Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Favourite Foods: Idli
Favourite Actors:None
Favourite Actress:None
Favourite Film/Movie:None
Favourite Singer:Not Known
Favourite Color:Light Grey and Sky blue
Favourite Perfume:None
Favourite Sport:Soccer
Favourite Song:Not known
Favourite Brands:None
Favourite Cars:Mercedes Benz S-Class W140
BooksLight from many Lamps
Favourite Device GamesNone
DestinationsRameswaram Island
Comic CharacterNot revealed

A.P.J Abdul Kalam's books:

Wings of Fire
Ignited Minds
India 2020
Turning Points
Naa Jeevana G…
You Are Born To Bl…
Governance for Growth…
Advantage India: Fro…
The Luminous…
Children Ask Kalam
You are Unique: S…
Squaring the Circle…
Songs of Life: Poems
Agnipaksha: ātmajībanī
My India
Mere Sapnon K…
India-My-Dream: An Interact…
President Dr. A.P.J…
Wings of Fire: An A…
President Dr. A.P.J…
Ignited Minds (Pa…
Mission India
India 2020 ( For Childr…
India 2020: A Vision fo…
Chuā āsamāna…
Envisioning an Empow…
The Very Best of A.P…
Spirit of India
The Family and The N…
Pathways to Greatness
The life tree, poems
Enlightened Minds
My India: Ideas for t…
Hum Honge Kamyab
Thoughts for Change…
Tejaswi Man (Pb)
Adamya Sahas
Transcendence: My Spiritu…
Inspiring thoughts
Target 3 Billion
Forge your Future
Learning How to Fly…
A Manifesto For Change
My Life: An Illustrated…
Hamare Path Prad…
Reignited: Scientific…
Beyond 2020: A Vi…

A.P.J Abdul Kalam's Discoveries and inventions:

  1. Directed the project to develop India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV)
  2. Directed projects for the development of ballistic missiles
  3. Headed multiple nuclear tests
  4. He worked in making healthcare accessible to al
  5. Developed the rugged ‘Kalam-Raju tablet’

A.P.J Abdul Kalam's Famous Speeches:


2. Memories: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's speech at European Union

3. What is Knowledge ? Defined by APJ Abdul Kalam | inspirational speech | subscribe for more videos

A.P.J Abdul Kalam's Awards:

  • 1981: Padma Bhushan-  Government of India
  • 1990: Padma Vibhushan – Government of India
  • 1997: Bharat Ratna – Government of India
  • 1997: Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration – Government of India
  • 1998: Veer Savarkar Award – Government of India
  • 2000: SASTRA Ramanujan Prize – Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy, India
  • 2013: Von Braun Award – National Space Society

Assets/Properties of A.P.J Abdul Kalam:

HouseNot revealed yet
Land or assets with the approximate valueNot revealed yet

A.P.J Abdul Kalam's Net Worth / Salary:

Net Worth The US $ 50 Million (at the time of his death)
Money Factor:President, ISRO
Monthly IncomeNot reealed

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Top 15 A.P.J Abdul Kalam's quotes!!

“Don't take a rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"If you fail, never give up because FAIL means" First Attempt In Learning"."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"All of us do not have equal talent. But all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talent."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"The best brains of the nation may be found on the last bench of the classrooms."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

“To succeed in your mission, you must have a single-minded devotion to your goal.”

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

“Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others.”

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

“We have no ability to be equal to all have opportunities equal to their ability lane.”

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

“It is very Easy To Defeat Someone, But it is Very Hard To Win Someone.”

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

“If you want to shine like a sun, First burn like the sun.”

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

“Your best teacher is your last mistake.”

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"You have to dream before your dreams can come true."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy success."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

"I am not handsome but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Because beauty is required in the heart, not in face."

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Did you know about A.P.J Abdul Kalam Facts!!

1. He faced poverty lines in his early childhood.

His father was the owner of a ferry, which took Hindu pilgrims back and forth between Rameshwaram and Dhanuskodi. He faced poverty lines in his early stage. He used to face every problem in a positive way. To help his father with income and remove their poverty, he started selling Newspapers at an early stage of his life. After selling the Newspaper, he used to go to school.

2. He was ordered to sit on the backbench of the class due to religious aspects.

He was a Muslim. He used to sit on first bench with his friend who was Brahmin(Hindu). One day, a new teacher of his class saw him sitting with his Hindu friend.  This was contrary to the teacher’s notion of social ranking. So, his teacher ordered him to sit on the backbench of the class.

3. His failure in an interview made him the Cheif Adviser of DRDO.

He was offered 2 interviews in Dehradun for the Air force and in Delhi for the Ministry of Defence. He chose to go to Dehradun as his passion was more in the Air force. There were 25 people for the interview and the vacant seat were 8. When he saw the result, he got to know that his rank was 9th. He was very disappointed with it. But as he used to believe ‘Don’t let your failure enter in your heart and success in your Brain’. Then he went for the interview in Delhi with a positive attitude which helped him to be the Ministry of Defence in DRDO.

4. He refused the offer of NASA.

When he went to NASA for learning, the members of NASA were shocked by his work. He was gaining more respect from the members of NASA. They said to him, “We will get you Citizenship of USA. Settle down here and work for NASA and we will give you 5times more salary than India.” In his autobiography, he had mentioned that he was in doubt to choose whether a rich and stable life or Patriotism. But he chose to refuse their offer and work for his nation.

5. He was a vegetarian and an animal lover.

He was a vegetarian. One of the reasons behind being vegetarian was his family’s financial condition. It was difficult in his family to have non-veg items. After a stable life, he continued his habit because vegetarian foods give a fresher mind. He was an animal lover too. In fact, he did not wear leather products in his entire life. He used to wear sports shoes instead of leather shoes.

FAQs About Scientist A.P.J Abdul Kalam!!

A.P.J Abdul Kalam died on 27th July 2015 due to cardiac arrest.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002-2007.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam died in serving his nation. He was unmarried.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam was from Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India.

While he was learning at NASA, they wanted A.P.J Abdul Kalam to settle down in the USA and work for them in 5 times more salary but his principles don’t let him do it. He refused their offer peaefully.

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam contributed to ISRO for 19 years.

APJ Abdul Kalam grew up as a multi-religious individual, thanks to his family’s spiritual simplicity. Born Muslim, he was a strong believer in secularism. He read Bhagavad Gita and Quran and believed in God.

He stopped eating nonvegetarian food at the age of 15 when he found the school mess bill unaffordable.

DrKalam joined the job as Senior Scientific Assistant on a basic salary of Rs. 250 per month.

Abdul Kalam did not receive the Nobel prize. But he received many awards including Bharat Ratna and many more.

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